So many demos, so little time. With hundreds of demos available in this Steam Next Fest event until just June 22, I thought I'd share some of my thoughts on what I've tried thus far and encourage the rest of you to do the same.
And keep in mind, all of these are just demos in various stages of pre-release. None of this is a judgment on how good or bad the final product may be. Just trying to provide an outlet for people to discuss what they think may be worth checking out or what may not be worth the time at this point.
Okinawa Rush - Demo Rating: 4 / 5- Very fast-paced brawler with some fighting game elements mixed in. The combat occasionally feels a little too frantic to be manageable, but it feels great overall. The voice acting and writing are hit and miss, but it has a great hyper-violent look and solid aesthetic.
Heaven Dust 2 - Demo Rating: 3/5 - A solid isometric Resident Evil with a lot of potential. The writing/translation could use some work as there is a "puzzle" almost immediately encountered that is nearly impossible to understand without luck (just flip the light switch in the hallway a bunch until a secret passage opens). Aside from that though, this does a great job at imitating classic RE.
Ys IX: Monstrum Nox - Demo Rating: 4/5 - Ys is a pretty well known quantity at this point and this has been out on PS4 for a while now, but Ys VIII was incredible and I've been hyped for the PC release. This is more of just a PSA for the Ys fans or folks that are Ys curious that there is a demo available.
Chenso Club - Demo Rating: 2/5 - An action-platformer focused on clearing a sequence of small combat arenas. I don't really think the combat is good enough to be the primary focus, but there are elements of the style and presentation that I do like.
Mayhem Brawler - Demo Rating: 4/5 - Brawler with visuals and comic-book presentation very reminiscent of the recent Streets of Rage 4. The combat is definitely not as refined as SoR4 and the writing can be a little grating in spots, but there's definitely some potential here.